personify

verb per·son·i·fy \ pər-ˈsä-nə-ˌfī \
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

Definition of personify

personified; personifying
transitive verb
1 : to conceive of or represent as a person or as having human qualities or powers
2 : to be the embodiment or personification of : incarnate
  • a teacher who personified patience

personifier

play \pər-ˈsä-nə-ˌfī(-ə)r\ noun

Examples of personify in a Sentence

  1. The ancient Greeks personified the forces of nature as gods and goddesses.

  2. Justice is personified as a woman with her eyes covered.

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First Known Use of personify

1728


PERSONIFY Defined for English Language Learners

personify

verb

Definition of personify for English Language Learners

  • : to have a lot of (a particular quality) : to be the perfect example of a person who has (a quality)

  • : to think of or represent (a thing or idea) as a person or as having human qualities or powers


PERSONIFY Defined for Kids

personify

verb per·son·i·fy \ pər-ˈsä-nə-ˌfī \

Definition of personify for Students

personified; personifying
: to think of or represent as a person
  • The hero is bravery personified.


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